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Ex-works Triumph TR2 raced at Le Mans, was owned by Jordanian king


Formerly owned by King Hussein of Jordan, an ex-works 1955 Le Mans Triumph TR2 will be offered up for bidding at Silverstone Auctions Classic Motor Show sale scheduled for November 9-10 in England, the auction house said.

Silverstone Auctions also noted that this is the first time the car, which finished 19th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has been on the market in nearly 50 years.

“Standard-Triumph Ltd. enter(ed) a works team in 1955 with three cars all in the British Racing Green colors with consecutive number plates PKV 374, PKV 375, PKV 376,” the auction house said.

The car as it appeared in period competition

“The car offered is one of these three works cars, PKV 374, driven by Leslie Brookes and Mortimer Morris-Goodall to 19th place in the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours race and for a long time was the sole surviving works car.

“Sadly, the 1955 Le Mans race will be remembered for the huge accident claiming the lives and injuring many people. Despite the accident, the race continued, and the TRs were running well with PKV 374 easily the fastest of the MGs and TRs averaging 90 mph according to the June Autosport of that year.

“PKV 374 had an eventful race, with the car taking an excursion into the gravel trap where it got beached. But after 2.5 hours it was back on track and returning to the pits. For the rest of the race, the car continued with gear selection troubles but still managed to finish 19th just behind the other two works cars.”

While the other cars returned to Coventry, PKV 374 was sold to the Jordanian king, who had the car outfitted in the Jordanian colors of blue and white and with “luxurious” upholstery. He sold the car in 1956.

“After changing hands several times, the car was purchased by the present owner in 1972 which was by now in a poor state and set about restoring the car over a long period of time to its original Le Mans specification,” Silverstone said.

The restoration was finished in 2002 and the car competed in the London to Istanbul leg of the Around the World in 80 Days rally. It also has competed in vintage events at Le Mans.

The car has been in storage for the past four years but is “up and running,” though Silverstone said it likely will require some additional work before it’s ready for vintage racing competition.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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